NCAIED Announces Recipients of First American Corporate & Entrepreneur of the Year
The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) is pleased to announce that it has selected the recipients of our prestigious First American Corporate Leadership Award and First American Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Please join us in congratulating KeyBank, our Corporate Leadership Award winner, and Ben Jacobs and Matt Chandra of Tocabe – An American Indian Eatery, our Enterpreneur of the Year Award winners. These awards will be presented at the 37th Annual Indian Progress in Business Awards Gala (INPRO), a featured event of RES Oklahoma, from November 14th-15th, 2012, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa, OK.
“We are proud to acknowledge Key Bank for their dedication in advancing Indian Country within the financial services sector and Tocabe for the great success, dedication and entrepreneurial spirit they have demonstrated in successfully operating their longstanding Native American owned and operated business,” said NCAIED President/CEO Gary Davis. NCAIED Chairwoman Margo Gray Proctor stated, “Key Bank and Tocabe are true embodiments of the NCAIED’s mission in “Putting Indian Country to Work!”‘ We are proud to recognize them for the contributions to American Indian economic development and for demonstrating outstanding leadership within the American Indian community. Key Bank has been a long time partner with NCAIED and has supported our busines growth. On behalf of the Board of Directors we congratulate both Key Bank and Tocabe.”
KeyBank: KeyBank’s Native American Financial Services is one of the first major U.S. lenders serving Native American businesses, communities, and individuals. In addition to their lending services, KeyBank goes above and beyond to learn about tribal laws and cutlure before making any strategic or financial recommendations. KeyBank’s areas of expertise include helping tribal nations finance or expand essential infrastructure needs (such as schools, roads, and water treatment systems). In addition, the KeyBank team can also structure innovative financing tools for economic development, energy, gaming, and hotel projects. For more information about KeyBank, please visit: http://www.key.com.
Tocabe – An American Indian Eatery: Located in Denver, Colorado, Tocabe is a local privately owned restaurant by the Jacobs family. Tom and Jan Jacobs opened Grayhourse, a small Native American eatery, in the late 1980′s. Twenty years later, with help and input from their youngest son, Benjamin, and family friend Matthew Chandra, the family opened Tocabe in 2006. With a menu that features Indian tacos, stuffed frybread, and medicine wheel nachos, Tocabe has been met with much success and praise by the Denver community. Tocabe is an old Osage translation that represents the color “blue.” For more information about Tocabe, please visit: http://www.tocabe.com.